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« on: August 04, 2006 08:54:27 AM »

My brother is in the middle of his school holidays, he's bored already and he's not even half way through. He's 15.
He is fascinated by crafts, yesterday he sat down with me and I showed him how I'd created a beaded bracelet. He is genuinely interested in everything I try from stitching to candle making, but the problem is that he can't seem to find a craft that isn't too 'girly' for him.

So I figured here is the perfect place to ask. Does any one have any suggestions for crafts he could try?

I've already taken him to hobbycraft and shown him craft magazines and everything, but he hasn't really found anything to interest him. He's into music and gardening and he's a good artist although he doesn't draw or paint often.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006 08:57:09 AM »

not girly but definitely not cool

Model making?

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006 09:07:15 AM »


               Hmmmm, i like this kind of puzzle.....
Photography?
My 13 year old nephew got his hand on my cameras, and it'll be lucky if I ever see them again!  Dovetails nicely into interests in drawing.

Also: woodcarving;
bonsai - goes with the gardening thing
really BIG macrame -- like swings and hammocks and things;
sculpting with various clays;
Oh! metalwork! -- show him the chain maile stuff here on craftster! There is (was) a young man on here who had some incredible stuff pictured -- very cool.

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006 10:03:49 AM »

Wow, I wish my 15 year old brother were crafty.  He respects my craftiness and fixes clasps on my bracelets, but mechanics and machining are more his thing.  He does have an eye for the aesthetic, though...  He sometimes brings me back interesting engine peices from the shop he works at.  Cheesy

Although knitting and crecheting are typically "girly", he can make himself a manly scarf or socks or something.  I've recently re-discovered knitting and want to share the joy.  Grin

I also second the chainmail.  Very masculine, very cool.

Um, papier mache and plaster gauze sculpture.  Reconstructing things into lamps.  Needlefelting!  The tools are scary and awesomely dangerous, deffinately not girly.

I hope he has fun!
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2006 10:08:23 AM »

I have a 19 year old son and he is into making anklets with hemp and wooden beads, making murals with stencils and spray paint and the whole melted bead thing. I also have a 19 year old nephew who does stenciling on jeans with spray paint.

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2006 10:28:46 AM »

My husband, until recently SWORE he wasn't crafty but I have successfully sucked him in! MUAHAHAHHAHA

Anyway.....he has enjoyed bead melting a BUNCH.  He has raised it to an art form I'm telling you! It's crazy! He even bought a blow torch! I'm not suggesting your 15 year old brother go out and buy a blow torch but he could melt beads.

Melted Bead Craft-A-Long:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110217.10

My husband also used to build models as a kid and he used those techniques to build the boat below out of pasta and Popsicle sticks.
The Good Ship Ragu and the Pasta Pirates:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=98811.0

He also used modeling techniques for the most recent craft challenge.
Home Sweet Home:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111622.0

Basically, he will do anything that is a challenge and/or has some sort of danger/science component.
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2006 12:45:10 PM »

I'm not suggesting your 15 year old brother go out and buy a blow torch but he could melt beads.

The image of him with a blow torch is fairly scary.

Thank you everyone, really fantastic suggestions.
I will pass them all on to him and definitely direct him to some of the chainmail pieces on here.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2006 11:03:47 AM »

1) Stenciling (some very cool guy images here on craftster). 
2) Sculpty.
3) guy necklaces.
4) friendship bracelets for a g/f (platonic or otherwise)
5) felting creatures.  Some guy made an amazing dragon.
6) etching (make sure he knows to be careful--read warnings)  Use ready made stencils or make his own.
7) woodburning
4) iron transfer.  Every guy has a movie hero or favorite band
5) buy cheap sneakers and use fabric paint or markers.  I saw lyrics on sneakers.
6) a guy sewed up a wonderful creature for his g/f.  It was sweet.  I'm sure he got kidded by his male friends, but the females commenting on his post melted.
7) Learn to sew.  Make custom phone and DS cosies.  Make a messenger bag.  A CD wallet.  Something to hold games.
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2006 12:19:52 PM »

Ok I'm a teenage guy who does anything crafty! (yes even knitting, and sewing), But some cool crafts to do that my friends have complimented me on are those belts made with pop-tabs, capri-sun wallets, and starburst wrapper chains! Of course if he's really tough he could try knitting! no really i'm not kidding try it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2006 08:30:46 AM »

Thank you both. And philip, thank you for a teenage guy perspective, really helpful.

He's going to have a go at melted beads, which means saying goodbye to some of my beads, but if it keeps him busy its worth it. And I will definitely be trying to get him to try more of your sugestions

(sadly philip i think knitting is unlikely Roll Eyes)
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